For this little doodlewash I used a photo we took while in Paris and tried to do something is less than 20 minutes to see what it might be like to travel sketch. So I guess this is a virtual tour plus a virtual exercise in plein air sketching making it a a full little fantasy I apparently had to get out of my system.
This is only the second time I’ve tried a panorama in my little 3.5 x 5.5″ Moleskine Art Plus Watercolor Album. The other time was at the Doodlewash Dinner Party. It’s sort of fun to just boldly sketch right across the seam, and particularly when you’re sketching this quickly. Fast sketching is very freeing and for some reason, I worry less about messing up inside one of these little sketchbooks than when I’m using my fancy Arches paper. Likely because this sketchbook was less than 10 bucks!
Île Saint-Louis is actually the little bit of building in the center, so this sketch is primarily the Seine river and bridges. The island was one of France’s first examples of urban planning, and it was mapped and built from end to end during the 17th-century reigns of Henri IV and Louis XIII. I’ve walked past this view many times, but have never visited the island. One mansion built in the 1600s has been turned into the elegant Hôtel des Deux-Îles, which sounds pretty awesome and extremely expensive.
One the best things about a virtual trip is that you don’t have to use your credit card! Any time you want to take a stroll down the Seine, you can. All you really need is a travel photo, 20 minutes, a sketchbook, a pen, with some watercolors and you can doodlewash your way to just about anywhere you want to go!